Day 022: Learning Tarot Through Tarot Spreads

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Tarot Spreads & Card Layouts

The Holistic Tarot beginner’s guide embraces all kinds of tarot spreads. Learning tarot through card reading seems to go back, way back, at least to the Pictorial Key to the Tarot published around 1911. In his book, A. E. Waite provided a ten card spread, a thirty-five card spread, and a forty-two card spread. Of these, the Celtic Cross Spread is undoubtedly the most popular today. All tarot readers seem to come across this spread fairly early on in their tarot journey, if not certainly later on. Many decks present at least one spread in their ‘little white booklets’, and the Celtic Cross is usually it. But there are, perhaps, more spreads today than ever previously available. Which one should you embrace as a tarot reader? Does the spread you select even matter?

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Day 021: Tarot Books & Working Decks

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Tarot Resources & Aspiring Tarot Readers

Today, I’m going to be talking about tarot resources. These are the books we all have on our shelf, or maybe don’t have but should. Likewise, I want to take a look at tarot decks from the perspective of a student of tarot. What decks should every aspiring tarot reader have or be familiar with? How do the tarot resources we choose impact the way we read tarot? Are there any books I simply can’t be without? How does one exactly connect to a tarot deck? Do fluffy tarot decks and occult tarot decks have a place at the table together? Let’s talk about this, because let’s face it, resources are part of the learning process.

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RWS Tarot Card Meanings: The Lovers

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The Lovers: Meaning & Symbolism

In the heart of the Garden of Eden stands the mighty Tree of Life and the great Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Since the beginning, man and woman has lived in harmony in their shade. But now, the serpent lies in wait, silently biding his time. For the serpent knows that a time of separation is near. The man’s gaze has wandered to the sensuality of the woman, for her own gaze is locked on the Divine. Lust has a way of complicating things, but is it truly lust that grips the man? Could it be that he sees the Divine shining through the woman he has known for so long?

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Day 020: Getting Acquainted With The Lovers

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The Lover & The High Priest

Out of the many tarot cards I’ve studied across various decks, The Lovers card seems to be the most misunderstood. Today, many tarot readers translate The Lovers into a card of romance, perfect partnership, and sexual passion. However, a quick glance through the Major Arcana and we realize this isn’t quite accurate. If The Lovers is truly the perfect relationship, then why is The Devil necessary? The question is a valid one, and yet, it is rarely asked by modern day tarot readers. Getting acquainted with The Lovers isn’t as easy as one would expect. To do so, we have to explore some sensitive topics, so let’s just get started.

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30 Day Tarot Challenge – Day 05

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Aspiring Tarot Readers & Constructive Criticism

To give, or not to give, a tarot reading, that is the question. Whether or not you’re professional reader, the question of tarot readings will eventually come up. Well meaning friends, potential customers, and aspiring tarot readers will all ask for a practice tarot reading from you. For some of us, this is our most vulnerable moment. To open up as a tarot reader, to put our skills on the line, and to simply say ‘yes’ to a tarot reading can be heart wrenching. So, today’s tarot challenge topic couldn’t be more relevant. Let’s explore the in-depth question of whether or not to give tarot readings as an inspiring tarot reader.

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Weekend Readings: Everyday Witch Tarot

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Reading With The Everyday Witch Tarot

Out of all the decks I’ve purchased thus far, the Everyday Witch Tarot is probably the most heartfelt. This is the only deck I’ve purchased due to prior exposure to the author’s work. What makes this deck for me is the author through the wonderful and talented artist. The author of this deck though, is Deborah Blake. Her voice is a significant one in the Wicca/Pagan/Witchcraft community. Deborah Blake is herself a Wiccan High Priestess, and the author of Everyday Witchcraft. On a personal note, this deck gets plenty of reviews, but for me, I just love what this deck means to me. Deborah Blake’s work found me at the right place, in the right time, and I’m so glad every time I use this deck.

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Day 019: Taking A Numerological Look At The Chariot

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Numerological Seven & The Chariot

Recently, I read another great blog post from Parsifal’s Wheel Tarot & Astrology which you can read here. The post features the idea of a crossroads to examine the numerological symbolism within tarot. While this may seem simple, it’s actually quite tough to do. There are quite a few ways to add, subtract, and multiply numbers to get any one viewpoint or result. While the original post explored The Lovers, which is perfect for a crossroads, I couldn’t help but want to explore The Chariot. This card is representative of my Life Path number, or my personality and soul number. It just so happens, that The Chariot also corresponds to Cancer. So, why not, in honor of the New Moon, take a look?

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